Monthly Archive: January 2019

Wisdom Crackers

You can find deep insight in strange places. The following quotes are randomly collected from various traditions; if you prefer Asian wisdom, I suggest you check out this collection of Chinese proverbs. I like short sentences that are easy to remember. They should contain rich meanings: fortune cookies for intellectuals. Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of humans. Proverbs, 27:20 The best way to do something is to do it. Joseph Eagle I know not with what weapons World War Ill will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones....

Scientific Assumptions

For a long time, science has operated on the assumption that nature is ruled by causality. What this means, however, is by no means clear to philosophers, and has become a major philosophical debate during the 20th century. Wittgenstein is one of the more prominent skeptics. He argues in the Tractatus that when we scientifically explain something, we try to establish links between one event and another. But are the different states of the world really linked at all? Furthermore, how recognizable are these links, if they existed? Consider the Gambler’s fallacy: People expect certain outcomes based on past events,...